Experience the Joy of Equine Therapy
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) uses the powerful relationship between humans and horses to teach life skills. Equine therapy is partially about learning to care for another living thing. It also helps you learn how to care for yourself and interact with other people more effectively. Caring for a horse teaches teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. It provides a natural setting to face fears and increase confidence and self-esteem. Equine therapy is typically just for our clients at the ranch.
You’ll learn about relationships and your personal issues with them. You’ll also overcome emotional blocks and develop greater empathy.
You’ll find this part of our program to be highly social, challenging, and fun, yet therapeutically powerful and often life-changing. The bond you’ll form with our horses—even if you’re unaccustomed to or afraid of them—is nothing short of transformative.
A licensed therapist and an experienced EAGALA-certified Equine Specialist run our equine therapy program. EAGALA is the premier professional association providing education, standards, and support for professionals providing EAP.
What Is Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy?
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), also called equine therapy or horse therapy, uses the powerful relationship between humans and horses to treat a wide range of mental health issues for people of all ages.
Caring for a horse teaches teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. In equine therapy, the client learns how to care for another living thing while also learning to care for herself and interact with other people more effectively. It provides a natural setting to face fears and increase confidence and self-esteem while clients learn about developing relationships, overcoming emotional blocks, and developing greater empathy.
Some of the shifts and impacts that I’ve really seen in our program and particularly with our clients, has just been amazing, mind-blowing. You can’t make stuff like this stuff up. And it really has allowed our clients to experience relationships in a non-threatening way, in a space that’s free of bias and assumptions and judgment and just true, true honesty of what they bring to the table, what they bring into relationships.
– Molly Freemantle, LCSW, [Equine] Therapist at Fulshear Treatment to Transition
What Is Equine Therapy Good For?
Today, equine therapy is incorporated into treatment for a wide range of mental health issues including:
- Mood-related disorders
- Learning difficulties
- Eating and food disorders
- Grief and loss
- Trauma (including post-traumatic stress disorder)
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy at Fulshear
At Fulshear, equine therapy is highly social, challenging, and fun. It’s also therapeutically powerful and often life-changing. The bond our clients form with our horses – even for those unaccustomed to or afraid of horses – is nothing short of transformative.
Fulshear is proud to have a dedicated Equine Specialist and Licensed Equine Therapist. As a licensed therapist and an experienced EAGALA-certified Equine Specialist, Molly Freemantle runs our equine therapy program. EAGALA is the premier professional association providing education, standards, and support for professionals providing EAP.
Ms. Freemantle has a deep love for horses and has seen the positive impact of equine therapy on our clients’ health first-hand.
Focusing on relationships and being present, our clients in equine therapy develop life skills that teach security, trust, and the impact of healthy and secure attachments.
If you would like to learn more about equine therapy at Fulshear, contact us today. We are here to help you heal. Take the first step and call 979-985-3236.
Meet Our Horses
Shelbee is an 11-year-old female and a true teenager at heart. She had a difficult time transitioning to life on the Ranch, having never left her mom and sibling or even seen a cow before, but after 3 years of being part of the equine team she has settled in nicely. Shelbee is very pretty, and she knows it, but not always the most confident despite being the alpha female in the herd. In fact, she is often very anxious having struggled with abandonment and is fearful of being left alone. She tends to rely on others for safety and security, seeking out a connection in healthy ways and sometimes through a crisis. She loves to be pampered and given attention, bath time and having her mane brushed out are some of her favorites. Shelbee is a great teacher when it comes to lessons on codependency, emotional regulation, connection, and healthy attachment. She resembles so many of our ladies here and many have related to Shelbee, recognizing more and more about themselves as they spend time with her.
Tex is a 24-year-old male who packs a major punch in a small size. Although he may be on the “smaller” size, his heart is as big as his name (Texas). Tex’s past is just as mysterious as he is, but he is one of the OG members of the herd here at Fulshear. Tex often stands alone, appearing distant from his herd and people. However, he is confident in himself and his place. As far as relationships, Tex sets high expectations and will test others before getting close. Sometimes he, unfortunately, ends up pushing people away out of his fear of abandonment. Tex values consistency and commitment in his relationships, which helps to build trust and ultimately the opportunity for a lifelong connection. Tex keeps his space very tidy and prides himself in having the cleanest stall in the barn. He loves to people-watch and is very curious about his surroundings. So much so, that when left to his own devices, he has coined the nickname of “Houdini” after figuring out how to escape his stall. Tex demonstrates daily how trusting relationships must be earned and are not freely given. He offers respect for those who work with him, and in doing so teaches the ladies at Fulshear that they too deserve to respect themselves. His loyalty is a quality that should be cherished. Boy, do we love our Texas.
Bonus is a 20-year-old male horse, although he believes he is a Great Dane. He came to Fulshear having been a lesson horse at a pristine show barn, but Fulshear is more his style. His playful nature is beyond compare, and he makes friends with everyone. Bonus is known for having conversations with the cows in the neighboring pasture, and he loves to roll around especially in mud puddles. His desire to please others in relationships can get the best of him, resulting in a lack of boundaries. He will push your boundaries and let others push him. This can sometimes lead to him having many surface-level relationships and going to a place of compliance instead of cooperation. When he does genuinely connect with someone and find that partnership, he is excellent at providing space to feel safe and process emotions. A connection is truly what fills his bucket and shows us what it’s like to love others unconditionally. Bonus encourages us to be in tune with our inner child while recognizing the importance of having personal boundaries.
Dudley is a miniature horse whose age is unknown. He was rescued by Fulshear’s Equine Specialist and spent a year on her family’s ranch before becoming a part of the herd at Fulshear. He is very confident in himself and strives to keep healthy boundaries with all those he encounters - horse or human. However, he is welcoming and generous with affection. Dudley spent many years alone with little attention or connection, making him very grateful for the wonderful life he now leads and the love he gets from Fulshear's clients. His past of being alone, ignored, and only fed just enough shows how resilient he is - he still seeks connection and relationships, though is wary about letting others too close, hence his strong boundaries. Dudley demonstrates how to live in the moment and value the healthy relationships we make along the way. He is excellent at teaching the clients at Fulshear that they are worthy of connection, love and respect, no matter what their paths in life have been.